Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber
Contact: Democratic Services
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on xxx
The minutes of the meeting held on 4 January 2023 were approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Joy Aitman.
Councillor Ben Woodruff substituted for Councillor Nick Leverton.
Councillor Rosie Pearson substituted for Councillor Andrew Prosser.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting.
Councillor Ted Fenton declared that he had recently learned his step son was a consultant on application 22/02498/OUT.
Councillor Fenton declared that he was not pre-determined on the application, and therefore would remain in the Chambers, this decision was accepted by the Chair and Committee.
To consider applications for development, details of which are set out in the attached schedule.
That the applications be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the Business Manager – Development Management.
The Chair announced that application 22/02956/FUL had been withdrawn from the agenda, and that the second application 22/02498/OUT would be heard first.
22/02498/OUT Land (E) 438738 (N) 212506 Witney Road
The Principal Planner Joan Desmond, introduced the application for the erection of up to 55 dwellings with access off Akeman Road, together with creation of new areas of open space, landscaping and all enabling and ancillary works (Outline planning application all matters reserved except access).
The Principal Planner brought members attention to the late representation report, which refers to WODC (Sports) no comments received and a correction on the original report, that the end sentence of paragraph 5.67 to be deleted.
There was also a very late, amended comments submission, received from Thames Water regarding insufficient capacity and planners were recommending a new condition to be added to the application.
Councillor Harry St John spoke as a Ward Councillor.
The following points of clarification were raised and discussed by Councillors:
• Blenheim Palace site not within the Parish
Councillor Sarah Veasey spoke on behalf of the Parish Council.
Paul Slater spoke on behalf of the applicant.
The following points of clarification were raised and discussed
• Wide mixture of homes to be built
• Willingness to enter detailed discussions in relation to S106 matters
• Cycle path
• Economics of local employment from Rectory homes
Copies of the available speeches of those that addressed the Committee, are attached to the original copy of the minutes.
The Principal Planner continued with the presentation, summarising that balancing all considerations, officers were recommending that the application be provisionally approved.
The Chair invited Councillors to discuss the application which raised the following
concerns and issues:
• S106 contribution to cycle path – further information requirement
• Management and maintenance of site post build
• Energy efficiency measures
• Crime and Design concerns raised in the Police comments
• Thames Water involvement and additional condition – further information requirement
• Biodiversity net gain
• Local housing needs versus housing being built – further information requirement
• Clarification of transfer of MUGA
The Principal Planner assured members that additional Informatives and Conditions can be placed on the application which should ensure detailed requirements are captured.
Councillor Brooker proposed deferral of the application for extra information gathering, this was seconded by Councillor Woodruff, was voted on and was defeated.
The Chair Councillor Langridge, proposed provisional approval of application with extra Condition and Informative, as per officer’s recommendation, this was seconded by Councillor Eaglestone, was voted on and was carried.
Committee Resolved to:
Provisionally approve the application as per officer’s recommendation in the original report with the following additional condition:
No development shall be occupied until confirmation has been provided that all sewage works upgrades required to accommodate the additional flows from the development - which is currently scheduled for completion in March 2025 - have been completed.
REASON: This is a result of Sewage Treatment Upgrades, which are likely to be ... view the full minutes text for item 111.
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers and any appeal decisions.
That the reports be noted.
The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received and noted by the committee.
The Principal Planner David Ditchett outlined the Appeal Decisions report and provided an update on the current position with each application.
Councillors reminded Planners, that if costs were incurred they wanted to know the details. The Principal Planner confirmed when costs are incurred Councillors would be informed.